Founded more than 200 years ago in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in
1812, Hamilton College is the third oldest college to be established in New York State. Hamilton is both a traditional four-year residential, small liberal arts college (organized in academic departments and interdisciplinary programs) and a progressive institution, providing internships, experiential learning, career exploration, and leadership opportunities to extend the teaching mission. Two thirds of Hamilton students study abroad, most often during the junior year. Hamilton College is a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, to learn from one another, and to think for themselves.
Hamilton College prepares students for lives of meaning, purpose, and active citizenship. Guided by the motto “Know Thyself,” the College emphasizes intellectual growth, flexibility, and collaboration in a residential, academic community. Hamilton students learn to think independently, embrace difference, write and speak persuasively, and engage issues ethically and creatively. One of America’s first liberal arts colleges, Hamilton enables its students to effect positive change in the world.
Hamilton promises to assist students in creating a program of study that meets their individual interests and goals through its open curriculum. Hamilton is one of the few U.S. colleges with an open curriculum, which means students have the freedom to choose courses that reflect their interests, while still fulfilling the faculty’s expectation that they study broadly across the liberal arts. Hamilton offers 43 concentrations and 57 total areas of study. It is best suited for students who are independent, motivated, and committed to the ideals of a broad-based liberal arts education. Recognizing the increasingly diverse student body choosing Hamilton, the College commits itself both to principles of inclusive excellence in pedagogy and to the development of a four-year advising curriculum in the ALEX initiative (Advise, Learn, EXperience).
Hamilton’s 1,350-acre campus is situated on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque village of
Clinton. The College is eight miles southwest of Utica, 45 minutes east of Syracuse, one hour from the Adirondack Park to the northeast, and 90 minutes west of Albany. The College is named after Alexander Hamilton, U.S. statesman, first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and member of the first Board of Trustees of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy. With just under 2,000 students, Hamilton College is highly selective, with an admissions rate under 20 percent.